There was much to learn and celebrate at the 87th WVC Annual Conference as thousands of veterinary professionals earned up to 53 continuing education (CE) hours from an offering of more than 1,000 CE hours and honored fellow colleagues during the five-day event, held Feb. 15-19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

During the conference, veterinary professionals had the opportunity to earn CE hours within seven program areas, including Practice Management, Small Animal, Equine, Food Animal and more. In addition, attendees could visit with and learn from the more than 500 veterinary-related companies that filled the world’s largest veterinary exhibit hall under one roof.

The conference also honored individuals for their contributions to WVC and outstanding achievements in the veterinary profession. Randall G. Ezell, DVM, received the highest honor bestowed by the organization to an individual, the WVC Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his efforts as a WVC past president, treasurer and board member who made significant strides for WVC, the Oquendo Center and veterinary continuing education during his time with the organization. David Twedt, DVM, DACVIM, was awarded the WVC Meritorious Service Award, recognizing non-members of the WVC board of directors for major contributions to WVC and veterinary continuing education. Special Recognition Awards were presented to: Ann Johnson, DVM; Joe Dedrickson, DVM; Edward Johnson, DVM; Thomas Reece, DVM; and Walter R. Threlfall, DVM, for their leadership and service to WVC, which have impacted the organization’s overall success.

With a full roster of new programs launched in 2014/2015, including the inaugural Speaker Enhancement Program, Veterinary Technician Symposium and On The Road programming, this year’s WVC Annual Conference continued to serve as the organization’s foundation for continuing education efforts.

“Much has evolved over our 87-year history as a provider of high-quality continuing education for veterinary professionals,” said David Little, CEO of WVC. “This year, the WVC Annual Conference was an outstanding centerpiece for our new brand campaign of “MORE”. WVC has expanded to offer more continuing education choices for veterinary professionals, including year-round educational opportunities at our Las Vegas venue – the Oquendo Center – and nationwide.”

Registration for WVC’s 88th Annual Conference, which runs from March 6-10 and is a new date for the show, will begin next fall. To learn more about the conference or the variety of programs available, visit

About WVC

WVC has an 87-year history of providing high quality continuing education to veterinary professionals. Based in Las Vegas and operating as a 501(c)3 non-profit, WVC hosts programming year-round with three primary pillars of education: WVC Academy, year-round, hands-on learning at its 66,000-square foot Oquendo Center, which boasts an unparalleled learning environment for veterinary professionals, WVC On The Road, a lecture-based learning program located in cities across the U.S., and its flagship program, the WVC Annual Conference, a five-day event held in Las Vegas with attendees from more than 40 countries. For more information about WVC, visit